Ban abortion, don’t regulate it

Dear Editor,

Here is what the Value Them Both Amendment says: “§ 22. Regulation of abortion. Because Kansans value both women and children, the constitution of the state of Kansas does not require government funding of abortion and does not create or secure a right to abortion. To the extent permitted by the constitution of the United States, the people, through their elected state representatives and state senators, may pass laws regarding abortion, including, but not limited to, laws that account for circumstances of pregnancy resulting from rape or incest, or circumstances of necessity to save the life of the mother.” The idea was to push back against the Kansas Supreme Court, which discovered an invisible and unlimited right to abortion in the Kansas Constitution. The unfortunate consequence of this amendment is that it puts into the Constitution a right to abortion that is currently not there, so long as abortion can be regulated. It makes exception for rape and incest, though abortion is still murder, regardless of how the baby was conceived. It makes exceptions for the life of the mother, though this is nothing but a pro-choice loophole by which millions of infants have been slaughtered. If we want to make a statement against the rogue Court, then let’s do so by abolishing abortion entirely in Kansas. “But Roe v. Wade is the law of the land,” some will say. No, it isn’t. There is no federal law or state law allowing abortion. There is a 1973 opinion, but opinions are not law. Courts do not make law, they interpret law. Kansas needs to ignore Roe as the lousy and morally contemptible opinion it is. The tenth amendment to the U.S. Constitution says, “The powers not delegated to the United States by the Constitution, nor prohibited by it to the states, are reserved to the states respectively, or to the people.” Let’s take our constitution seriously. The federal government has no powers regarding abortion. It must, therefore, be left to the States and the people. The Kansas Constitution doesn’t grant us the right to kill babies either. In fact, we have laws against murder. Therefore, let’s stop pretending abortion is lawful. Let’s repent of our apathy and encourage our law enforcement to prosecute those who go to clinics and kill babies. In the meantime, vote “no” on VTB. Tell your legislator you want abortion banned, not regulated.

Curtis Knapp

Rural Seneca

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